“Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker.” Mike McDermott, Rounders. (If you’ve never watched Rounders, just know that its the holy grail of poker movies. )
On April 15, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice executed an indictment against online gambling. Out of the 11 conspirators facing charges, three of the biggest names are the founders of the poker sites Absolute Poker, Pokerstars, and Full Tilt Poker. Upon reading the news, I logged onto my Full Tilt account.
Texas Hold ‘Em poker is one of my hobbies that I picked up a few years ago during college. With the media promoting the awareness of poker with shows such as World Series of Poker and Poker After Dark, poker had great commercial success. Beer pong nights with my college buddies became poker nights. After my friends and I turned 21, the novelty of gambling at casinos was a lot of fun! We would book trips to Atlantic City, Foxwoods, and Mohegan and hoped to grind it out at the Hold ‘Em tables. Eventually, I discovered the joys of online poker. Why drive out for a few hours when I could just play at home in my jammies?
Unfortunately I won’t have that convenience anymore. I’ll have to go back to playing poker nights with friends or driving out to the casinos to get my poker fix. When I had logged onto my FT account, the remaining balance I had left was frozen. The only playing option available for Full Tilt poker is to play with fake money now. For an average Jane like me, poker was just a hobby to have fun and hopefully gain some pocket change. I feel for the people out there who were depending on these sites to earn their living.
These are some of my favorite words that I’ve picked up from poker.
Mush- Pretty much a person who’s a jinx when it comes to gambling. This term came from A Bronx Tale, where the chubby gangster had the worst luck at gambling. (he eventually gets kicked into a bathroom for giving everybody bad luck)
Donkey- This is a person who plays recklessly. They throw their money into their hands too easily, and lacks strategy in their game.
Fish- This term is given to a type of person who doesn’t have a hand of value but continues to bet into the pot hoping he or she would catch the cards to form a hand.
Hero Calls- This is one of the most exciting experiences a player could have in poker. A hero call occurs when a player has to decide whether or not his/her opponent is bluffing or actually has the cards that can beat his/her hand with a gigantic sum of money on the line.
The picture below is an example of when these hero calls can go against you.
With online poker in legal crisis, I guess it’s time to whip out my dusty casino cards and bank in on my comps!